Common Council Meeting 06/17/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (11:40) at the end. 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Gracie and Sophia Adams, varsity cheerleaders at CHS
  2. Invocation led by Neyland McClellan from the North Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Ted Little, Brian Hester, Tina Barnes, and JT Cox. Member Mike Vaughn was absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 06/02/2019 to 06/16/2019 combined into one motion for approval
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Resolution 2019-R-7 “A Resolution of the City of Charlestown, Indiana Authorizing the Issuance of Bond Anticipation Notes and Bonds of the Charlestown Redevelopment District for the Purpose of Providing of Funds to be Applied to pay for Certain Redevelopment Projects, Incidental Expenses in Connection Therewith and Otherwise on Account of the Issuance of the BANs and Bonds
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by JT Cox
      • During discussion Mayor Hall said that the resolution has been approved by the Redevelopment Commission and is scheduled for a public hearing (June 27).
      • Members voting in favor are: Ted Little, Brian Hester, and JT Cox. Council member Tina Barnes voted no.
      • Mayor Hall said that the due diligence is being performed and they anticipate breaking ground in August/September. He said Alan Muncy of ARC has purchased the building next to City Hall to use as his leasing office for the Renaissance Project.
  7. Mayor Hall Update:
    • Mayor Hall mentioned that Founders Day is this weekend. Pat Glotzbach will be the grand marshal. Donna Coomer announced that Betty Buckner was named Founders Day Volunteer of the Year. 
    • Mayor Hall said that this morning the Board of Public Works announced the approval of another park. This one will be in the Saddleback neighborhood. The lot in Woodford Farms will be purchased for $10,000 and a park will be built there as well.
    • Mayor Hall updated the council on the police station progress. They began moving furniture in today and will finish electrical by mid-July.
    • Mayor Hall announced that the paving construction meeting occurred this morning. Indiana American Water had representatives at the meeting to coordinate some repairs to valves during the paving project.
  8. Council Member Brian Hester asked if they could incorporate accessible equipment into the parks for people who have disabilities.
    • Mayor Hall said that Eric Vaughn is looking into the situation. He said that the equipment is expensive, but that doesn’t mean we won’t do it. He said the options are to add one piece of equipment to existing parks or to build a single park that is fully accommodating.
    • Brian Hester said he understands that an “special needs” park requires special equipment.
    • Mayor Hall said he thinks it is a good thing and that he doesn’t have a “special needs kid” and doesn’t know if there is one in the area or not. Brian Hester said there are several. Mayor Hall said he’s not sure if there are any in Charlestown.
  9. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Audio available here:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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